- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Justin, Charles & Co. (March 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932112251
- ISBN-13: 978-1932112252
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,304,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gin: The Much Lamented Death of Madam Geneva the Eighteenth Century Gin Craze Paperback – March 1, 2004
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And that's too bad, because Dillon's topic and argument is timely and interesting. Although he has an epilogue that underscores this point, Dillon's depiction of England's dance with Madame Geneva is unmistakeably an object lesson that has already been ignored once by the United States, during the 1920s, and is being ignored once again today in the War on Drugs. Truly, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it, and this is history that has been ignored so long that it is forgotten. There are reasons for it, for the forces of moralism and sobriety, driven by their fundamentalist doctrine, have not given up their battle against intoxicating substances no matter the pragmatical realities and lessons of the past. We can only hope that, like England's Gin Act of 1751 and the repeal of prohibition in the U.S. in 1929, there will be a future day where an armistice is declared and we can take control of the drug trade, and, ultimately, attack the root causes that drive people to abuse substances.